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    My first sign of the Fall showed up this week.

    So pretty!  I've been a little worried that we won't have the spectacular colors this year that we usually do because the weather in my area has been so out of character this summer.  Of course, I have no idea what makes the colors more spectacular some years than others, so I may be worrying needlessly. Although I never really leave my kitchen at any season of the year (I split my time between kitchen and grill in the summer), with the first signs of Fall showing, it indicates to me that I'll be returning to my kitchen full time for the next several months.  

    That's sort of exciting to me because I do love being in the kitchen. I love making new meals and learning new things, whether it be learning about a new ingredient, a cooking technique, or a recipe. My latest fascination is with Middle Eastern foods (think hummus, falafel, tabouleh, chickpeas, lentils, bulghur, saffron, mint). I've been loving Diana Henry's new cookbook "A Change of Appetite", drooling over Greg and Lucy Malouf's latest release "Malouf", and am eagerly awaiting Yotam Ottolenghi's next book of vegetarian Middle Eastern foods "Plenty More". I believe that if you can learn at least one new thing in the kitchen each month, your cooking improves by leaps and bounds. 

    So, today I decided to give you one little ten-minute lesson on a technique that many of you may already be proficient at, but might be new to others of you. I wanted to show you how easy it can be to make a pan sauce if you have the right tools to help you out - a good pan and a good spatula. I love making pan sauces because they are easy, quick and delicious. Plus, they force you to give your meat time to rest, which helps the meat stay moist and juicy. On top of it all, it uses ONE pan to cook the food AND make the sauce and that's only one pan to clean up. I'm going to be making pan sauces all day on Wednesday, September 24th using the fantastic Today's Special Value(K41304) - a Cook's Essentials EIGHTEEN piece set of porcelain enamel cookware. Talk about having the right tools for the job! This set gives you everything you need (and more!) to make pan sauces no matter what or how much you are cooking. Interested in adding one more technique to your cooking repertoire?  Give it a try.

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    Chicken Breasts with Tomato Balsamic Sauce

     

    Serves 4 

     

    Ingredients:

     

    4 (6-ounce) chicken breasts

     

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

     

    olive oil

     

    2 shallots, thinly sliced

     

    1 clove garlic, smashed

     

    ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

     

    2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered (or chopped fresh tomatoes)

     

    ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or basil leaves

     

     

     

    Directions:

     

    1.     Pre-heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to the skillet and sear the chicken breasts, cooking for about 3 to 5 minutes on each side (depending on thickness), or until firm to the touch. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

     

    2.     Add the shallot and garlic to the skillet and cook for two minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and simmer until it has almost disappeared. Immediately add the tomatoes and toss well. Cook until the tomatoes soften slightly – just a minute or two. Toss in the basil or parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.

     

    3.     Pour over the chicken and serve.


     


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    Happy Paw-Parazzi Day pet-lovers!

    We got some super cute pictures submissions this week, and I'm happy to share them with you! Hope it brightens your Monday :)

    Thank you, as always, to those who sent in photos for us to show on Sundays with Carolyn and Dan! We so look forward to it!!

    XO From Your Fellow Pet-Lovers,

    Carolyn and Dan


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    When Joan first arrived at QVC in 1991, everyone was abuzz wondering what she would be like in person. I was the first host to work with Joan and I was so nervous. However, I figured we would make a good combo since she was funny and I am not. 

    Our first show went well and as Joan left the set she turned to me and said, "Good-bye, my darling!" That little sign of affection made me fall in love with Joan and I have loved her for 24 years!

    I was pregnant with our second son, Cory, when Joan first arrived at the Q. So, while I was on maternity leave, Joan began working with Kathy Levine and it was a match made in heaven! Those two were cut from similar cloth and made us all laugh until our sides hurt!

    Over the next several years, many of us hosted with Joan and here's what I noticed

    • Joan was a perfectionist. She wanted everything to be as flawless as possible from the quality of her jewelry to the lighting on the set, to the outfits the models wore, as well as her relationships with the hosts. But it was all good, as that's how she rose to be the "Grand Dame of QVC"! The main reason she wanted everything to be perfect was for you ... the woman at home watching and shopping for Joan's things.
    • Joan cared so deeply for each one of you who watched her. She loved to talk to callers during the show and it was important to her you were happy and satisfied with her products once you got them home. 
    • She not only cared about you, she cared about us. She didn't have to, but she did! 

    When Cory, Ryan and Elizabeth were born, she sent a nice gift. When Elizabeth was 4 years old and was very sick with something her doctors were having difficulty diagnosing, Joan offered to help. She said she knew people at both John's Hopkins and Mt. Sinai and said she could get Elizabeth in right away to either place with a phone call. We never did take her up on her generous offer, as our doctors figured it all out soon after Joan's offer. But that's just who Joan was - a generous, caring person who was always willing to help.

    I will never forget one time when Joan and I were together and I was pregnant with our third son, Ryan. I was telling Joan that w found out the baby was going to be a boy and we were a little disappointed that it wasn't a girl, only because we already had two boys. Joan looked at m and said, "Mary Beth someday you'll walk into a restaurant with 4 handsome men following you .... your husband and three young men in suits and ties and you will be the Queen Bee. You will be on proud Queen Bee!" 

    I never forgot that and 15 years later, on the day of Eric's college graduation (which also happened to be on Mother's Day), we walked into a nice restaurant in Washington, D.C. and I happened to turn around and guess what I saw? There was my husband, Mark with our sons Eric, Cory and Ryan. They were all dressed up and just looked so incredibly handsome. 

    Right out loud I said, "Joan, you were right; I am one proud Queen Bee!" Of course the icing on the cake was our 10-year-old daughter, Elizabeth was following right behind Ryan. I am one very blessed Queen Bee, that's for sure!

    Thank you, Joan, for your friendship, kindness, generosity, wisdom and laughter. I will miss you terribly and so will everybody else who loved you!!

    Counting our blessings, 

    Mary Beth Roe

     

     

     


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  • 09/22/14--11:21: The Comforts of Home
  • We live in a tiny farm house built in 1800. It's like a 1500 sq ft dollhouse; low ceilings and small rooms spread out on three floors. But it is cozy and has charm. The kitchen leads to the dining room leads to the living room. All in a horse shoe around my favorite space: the big outdoor patio and yard. We've never had land or property, and it is quite peaceful and freeing. Since the home is small my girls share a room, and we are all in close quarters. But it's a cheery, beachy home on the inside that really reflects what's most important to me... Family. I will always consider myself a California beach bum, so I try to incorporate that feeling into every inch of my home (see where I get my inspiration!). Hope you enjoy the tour :)

    Welcome! (Okay, it's more like a farm house than a beach shack, but we are beach people at heart!)

    The front porch is a historic looking covered area with the original stone well still in place.

    Our two girls spending time in the dining room

    Our kitchen. A chalkboard in this area of the home is so helpful.

    Our shabby chic-inspired living room

    Our outdoor oasis :)

    My favorite reading spot!

    We may not be living on the ocean, but our surfboards remind us we need to go to the beach as often as possible!

    Family :)

    Love creating gallery walls with family photos.

    Can you tell two little girls live in here?

    Our bedroom...my hubby made the bed frame!

    When we moved in we immediately had to gut and redo the small mud room bathroom and downstairs to make it livable for my cousin. We made it super beachy and I'm so proud of that pretty blue bathroom.

    Since my cousin moved out we've turned the space into a playroom/spare bedroom.

    Thanks for taking a look into my cozy home!


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    When Joan first arrived at QVC in 1991, everyone was abuzz wondering what she would be like in person. I was the first host to work with Joan and I was so nervous. However, I figured we would make a good combo since she was funny and I am not. 

    Our first show went well and as Joan left the set she turned to me and said, "Good-bye, my darling!" That little sign of affection made me fall in love with Joan and I have loved her for 24 years!

    I was pregnant with our second son, Cory, when Joan first arrived at the Q. So, while I was on maternity leave, Joan began working with Kathy Levine and it was a match made in heaven! Those two were cut from similar cloth and made us all laugh until our sides hurt!

    Over the next several years, many of us hosted with Joan and here's what I noticed:

    • Joan was a perfectionist. She wanted everything to be as flawless as possible from the quality of her jewelry to the lighting on the set, to the outfits the models wore, as well as her relationships with the hosts. But it was all good, as that's how she rose to be the "Grand Dame of QVC"! The main reason she wanted everything to be perfect was for you ... the woman at home watching and shopping for Joan's things.
    • Joan cared so deeply for each one of you who watched her. She loved to talk to callers during the show and it was important to her you were happy and satisfied with her products once you got them home. 
    • She not only cared about you, she cared about us. She didn't have to, but she did! 

    When Cory, Ryan and Elizabeth were born, she sent a nice gift. When Elizabeth was 4 years old and was very sick with something her doctors were having difficulty diagnosing, Joan offered to help. She said she knew people at both John's Hopkins and Mt. Sinai and said she could get Elizabeth in right away to either place with a phone call. We never did take her up on her generous offer, as our doctors figured it all out soon after Joan's offer. But that's just who Joan was - a generous, caring person who was always willing to help.

    I will never forget one time when Joan and I were together and I was pregnant with our third son, Ryan. I was telling Joan that we found out the baby was a boy and we has been hoping for a girl, because we already had two boys. Joan looked at m and said, "Mary Beth someday you'll walk into a restaurant with 4 handsome men following you .... your husband and three young men in suits and ties and you will be the Queen Bee. You will be one proud Queen Bee!" 

    I never forgot that and 15 years later, on the day of Eric's college graduation (which also happened to be on Mother's Day), we walked into a nice restaurant in Washington, D.C. and I happened to turn around and guess what I saw? There was my husband, Mark with our sons Eric, Cory and Ryan. They were all dressed up and just looked so incredibly handsome. 

    Right out loud I said, "Joan, you were right; I am one proud Queen Bee!" Of course the icing on the cake was that our 10-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was following right behind Ryan. I AM one very blessed Queen Bee, that's for sure!

    Thank you, Joan, for your friendship, kindness, generosity, wisdom and laughter. I will miss you terribly and so will everybody else who loved you!!

    Counting our blessings, 

    Mary Beth Roe

     

     

     

     


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    Hello, foodies…

    How was your weekend? Lots of my friends and neighbors spent the weekend decorating for fall and my street looks so festive! I plan to do a little decorating of my own soon and I promise I’ll post pictures. In the meantime, here’s what I did do this weekend…used my FoodSaver!

    FoodSaver - K41280

    Pork chops were on sale at the food market so I bought lots, came home, FoodSaved them, and got them in the freezer. Now, when I don’t have time to go to the market mid-week, I don’t have to worry about it…my freezer is stocked!

    Foodies, I'm lucky enough to try out lots of the kitchen tools and appliances that air on In the Kitchen with David in my own home. There are some things that I truly love and keep and the FoodSaver is one. Yesterday on the show, Jan Mueller and I presented a stainless steel FoodSaver with built-in storage…the very same model I have in my kitchen and it’s now at a While Supplies Last price.

    When I was growing up, we didn’t have a lot of money…my mother always bought the family-size packages of chicken, beef, pork, and fish. We didn’t have a FoodSaver then and it was inevitable: sometimes food got freezer burn. My mother was devastated. We didn’t have extra money lying around and she literally had to put that food in the trash. Today, out of habit, I still buy the family-size packages of meat (because yes, they really are cheaper) and use the FoodSaver to preserve the rest. Foods that lasted months now last years. And refrigerated foods last months, not weeks or days. It’s incredible how this machine works and I encourage you all to consider a FoodSaver—especially now that this model is on Easy Pay and available at a special price. You won’t regret it.

    I also know you won’t regret trying Wednesday’s one-pot recipe: Baked Gnocchi. I made this for friends last weekend and it knocked their socks off!

    Baked Gnocchi
    Serves 4-6

    Ingredients:

    • 2 (10-oz) bags frozen gnocchi
    • 1/2 lb bacon, diced
    • 1 cup medium diced onion
    • 1 (16-oz) jar Alfredo sauce
    • 1 cup frozen peas
    • 1 (9-oz) package precooked chicken breast, medium diced
    • 1/2 lb Fontina cheese, shredded and divided
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 cup Mozzarella

    Preparation:

    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
    2. Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large, oven-safe skillet. Add the gnocchi and stir. Return to a boil and cook until all the gnocchi has risen to the surface, about 3–5 minutes. Drain the gnocchi in a colander and rinse with cold water. Rinse the skillet with water and wipe dry.
    3. Heat the skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté until browned. Remove about half of the bacon fat with a spoon. Add the onion to the skillet and sauté until translucent. Stir in the Alfredo sauce, peas, chicken, half the Fontina, Parmesan, black pepper, and gnocchi. Top with the rest of the Fontina and Mozzarella. Bake for 45 minutes, or until bubbly and brown.

    This recipe is prepared with the Cook’s Essentials® 18-Piece Porcelain Enamel Cookware Set with Dupont Nonstick (K41304).

    Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.

    Meat Lovers' Pizza Mac & Cheese

    Is your tummy growling yet? That's my Meat Lovers’ Pizza Mac and Cheese—our bonus mac and cheese recipe for the month of September that's making its debut on Wednesday. The recipe lives on my recipe page on QVC.com and in the QVC app for the iPhone®. See you Wednesday at 8pm ET.

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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    Argan Oil

    Josie

     

    While I have a special place in my heart for all my products, my 100% Pure Argan Oil will always be number one. When I first discovered this marvel on a modeling trip years ago, I knew I was on to something special. But I couldn't predict what a massive effect argan oil would have on my life and on the lives of so many. I owe everything to this little elixir! In celebration of this pure wonder ingredient, we're bringing back my super-size, 6-ounce, 100% Pure Argan Oil to QVC for the month of October. I'll be sharing some of my favorite uses for it, and I hope you'll share some of yours with me. In the meantime, here's a little poem I wrote the other day professing my deep love for argan oil!

    Josie with Argan Oil

    Josie with Daughter

    Ode to Argan Oil

    Oh argan oil, why do I love you so?

    You make me glow

    From my head to my toes

    You’ve turned me into a believer

    Of simple little wonders

    From the earth

    You come

    A magical little seed

    You give me all I need

    From liquid to gold

    Dripping into my soul

    I will always love thee

     

    Wishing you all the best,

    —Josie Maran


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  • 09/23/14--09:37: Fashion Week Runway Show
  • Hi everyone! Well, last week was one heck of a busy week! I showed my couture collection for Spring/Summer 2015 at in Lincoln Center on Monday Sept. 8th. Mercedes Benz Fashion week is an amazing time in NYC with every major designer showing their collection in these gigantic tents put up just for the shows. I had close to 1,200 people attending and it was an amazing day.

     

    At the beginning of my show we had a moment of silence to honor my dear and beloved friend Joan Rivers. Over the past 30 years she was often in my front row cheering me on. She will be greatly missed by me and so many others.

     

    This season, my good friends Jada Pinkett Smith, Lisa Rinna, Hoda Kotb, Star Jones, Beverly Johnson, Carol Alt, Ivana Trump and both Paris and Nicky Hilton were all in my front row for the show. Every single magazine was in attendance including Vogue, Elle, Harper Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Town & Country just to name A few. The collection was inspired by the resort towns on the Mediterranean Sea during the 1960's with long flowing chiffon gowns and the cutest short short rompers. The collection also included short bolero jackets as well as tunic tops with skinny pants. The colors were pale pastels and light grays and taupe. I always like to translate my runway collection for my Dennis by Dennis Basso line on QVC. As you have heard me say many time on-air, it is very important to me to always bring you the newest and exciting fashion trends. Once again, both suede and leather are important looks 12 months out if the year. Please enjoy the photos from the show and the fashion show video. 

    Xxxx

    DB 


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    Let your radiant appearance be a reflection of your beautiful life with Laura Geller’s Special Value®. Send us your questions, we’d love to hear from you! The Laure Geller Team will be here all day today, September 26th so be sure to keep those questions coming. We can’t wait to hear from you!

     

     

     

     

     


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    Remember how much fun it was to take field trips when you were a kid? I got to relive that feeling recently when ​Pat James Dementri and I took a road trip to see Susan Graver's design studio in Manhattan. 

    Susan has explained to me many times about how she comes up with ideas for her line, how prints are picked, and how hard her team works to make sure the clothes will look good on every body type. Still, visiting her studio falls into the "You have to see it to believe it" category. I had no idea how much work it takes to create a garment for QVC. If you are someone who likes creativity and/or organization, this blog is for you!

    Our visit started with a full tour of the office. From where the ideas spark, to where the prints are produced, to the where the designs are physically made! It was absolutely unbelievable. You can't even imagine how many individuals are working so diligently on just one garment at a time. The patience!!! 

       

        

         

    For the wall of buttons... I knew Susan paid a lot of attention to buttons, but I had no idea that she had a button wall!! Silver, gold, wood, enamel.. she appears to have every button ever created. And it is all so neat!!

    Last paragraph... Hope you can join Susan and me on Sunday nights at 10pm and you can catch Pat and Susan on Thursdays at 9am. In the meantime, facebook , twitter stuff.


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    Hi, everyone!

    Happy FALL! I shared a quintessential fall recipe with my Facebook friends this morning…my Pumpkin Apple Bisque. We served this soup in hollowed-out pumpkins when Doug and I were married.

    Pumpkin Apple Bisque

    I know I’ve shared that recipe with you before, but people still talk about it. Now for a recipe you haven’t seen before. Tomorrow night on You’re Home with Jill we’re helping you get ready for the now-closer-than-ever holiday season. Here’s my Easy Skillet Pasta Bake recipe…something you can throw together when unexpected guests arrive. Or, whip this up after a long day of decorating outside.

    Easy Skillet Pasta Bake

    Easy Skillet Pasta Bake

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1 tsp minced Garlic
    • 1 (26-oz) jar of pasta sauce (I like tomato-basil)
    • 1/2 package extra wide egg noodles
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 cup low-fat Ricotta cheese
    • 1 cup shredded Italian six cheese blend
    • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil (optional garnish)

    Preparation:

    1. Sauté the onion in olive oil in large skillet over medium heat until tender.
    2. Add the garlic and sauté for just a minute or so before adding the pasta sauce, egg noodles, and water.
    3. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 8–10 minutes, or until the pasta is just tender and the liquid is almost absorbed.
    4. Stir in the salt and crushed red pepper.
    5. Stir together the ricotta and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese in a small bowl.
    6. Drop tablespoonfuls of cheese blend over the pasta. Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese.
    7. Cook, covered, over low heat for 5 minutes, or until thoroughly heated and the cheese is melted. (If you want brown, bubbly cheese, stick the skillet in a 400°F oven, uncovered, for a few minutes.)
    8. Remove the skillet from the heat and let the dish stand for about 5 minutes. Garnish with basil, if desired.

    This recipe is prepared with the Cook's Essentials® 18-Piece Porcelain Enamel Cookware Set with Dupont Nonstick (K41304).

    So what can you do this fall that will save you time later? Since we’re talking about food, let’s start in the kitchen. I’ve got a whole holiday section in my recipe box and while I have some “extra” time, I like to look at my recipes and stock up on the ingredients. Fill your freezer with the meats and veggies. Fill your cabinet with canned goods and other non-perishables. Then, get extra flour, sugar, chocolate chips—and all those cookie ingredients you’ll need.

    I know your holiday decorations are all packed away, but if you take a half hour and peek in the boxes, you’ll be ready to decorate—exactly how you want to—when the time arrives. Maybe you finally threw away that hand-me-down wreath last year. Maybe you donated some items to charity…it’s been a year since you’ve been in those boxes. Reminders are helpful.

    You can also get a head-start on your Christmas cards! We’re making handmade holiday cards tomorrow night and I previewed that DIY project in my blog on Friday. See you tomorrow night on You’re Home with Jillat 7pm ET!

    From my home to yours,
    —Jill


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    When we received an invitation to Courtney and Aaron’s wedding we couldn’t contain our excitement.  Here was a chance to celebrate the union of two wonderful people in one of my favorite places, Georgia, and without the kids!  That’s right, we decided to leave the kids with their grandparents and spend some much needed quality time alone.  This mini-vacation was just what the doctor ordered and I couldn’t wait to get away.

    Since this was going to be a quick trip I decided to make the most of it and splurge on a nice hotel.  Several years ago we stayed at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington D.C. and have been eager to stay in one again.  So I made the reservations and booked the flights and rental car and started counting down the days.  Our first night in Atlanta was a bust because by the time we arrived at the hotel it was late and we were tired. So we ordered room service and called it a night. 

    The next morning I was feeling motivated to workout.  Several months ago on Facebook I saw a video of a high energy spin class that incorporated R&B and hip-hop music.  I did some searching and learned the class was in Atlanta.  I said if I ever found myself in Atlanta I was going to take the class.  So that morning I dragged my hubby out of bed and we went.  We had a great time!  Although we spent most of the class hunched over our bikes trying to catch our breath we still enjoyed ourselves and burned off quite a few calories. 

    With a little extra pep in our steps we returned to the hotel and washed and dressed to head to Lenox Square Mall.  The mall was a mad house.  Apparently there was a big awards show taking place in Atlanta that evening and everyone decided to hang out that day at the mall.  We grabbed lunch, bought a few essentials and headed back to the room so I could have my make-up done by celebrity make-up artist Latasha Wright.

    Her clientele includes several of the Atlanta “Housewives” and former members of Destiny’s Child.  She did an outstanding job and even had my husband complimenting how pretty and natural my make-up looked.  By then it was time to hit the road and head to the wedding.  The wedding was held in a lovely part of Georgia called Dahlonega.  It’s a picturesque mountain town in northern Georgia and it was the perfect backdrop for Courtney and Aaron’s wedding. 

    The wedding was beautiful.  Courtney looked amazing, her dress was stunning and her groom was the happiest man on the planet!  We really enjoyed the wedding and reception and felt so honored to be a part of their special day. 

        

        

       

    The next day we decided to head to Six Flags, an amusement park that I visited often as a kid when we lived in Georgia.  It was military appreciation day at the park so it was overly crowded which only gave us time to get on 4 rides.  That’s right FOUR rides.  But one of the rides called the Goliath now ranks in my top 3 favorite roller coasters of all time.  It was worth the 90 minute wait time and I hope I get the chance to ride it again!  While I was at the park I couldn’t help but think about my little Coco and Jace.  I brought back a pink Batgirl cape for Coco which she won’t take off!

    All in all it was a great trip but at the end of the day I couldn’t wait to get back to my babies.  Next trip I’m bringing them with me!

         

       

        


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  • 09/24/14--09:34: Inspiration, Old and New
  • TATCHA supporter Daniel Martin

    Although the TATCHA collection was born from a centuries-old beauty book, sometimes inspiration can come from very modern places. I hear lots of ideas and suggestions from friends and customers, many of which lead to an exciting new product.

    My good friend and TATCHA supporter Daniel Martin is one of these amazing people. A celebrated editorial makeup artist, Daniel dresses the faces that grace magazine covers daily. He's an inspiration to many of his colleagues and friends, myself included.

    Daniel reached out to tell me that he loves our Okinawa Red Algae. And he asked if we could somehow concentrate it into a serum and bottle it, as this would allow him to quickly prep the skin before applying makeup on famous faces.

    I was happy to oblige, and the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum was created. Daniel was delighted, and he told me the serum quickly became a favorite on the red carpet.

    TATCHA Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum 1oz

    Although it was originally created to hydrate and help skin appear more firm, Daniel discovered that it worked well as a primer because the serum allows the skin and makeup to become one. “What makes it special is that it isn’t sticky” he wrote me after the frenzy of red-carpet season. “It doubles the hydration on the skin and allows foundation to lock on for long wear.”

    Kyoko Getz, a Japanese esthetician in Los Angeles, also reached out to say she loved mixing the serum with foundation to create a tinted moisturizer. “It gives your skin a beautiful sheen and luster,” she said, “making it a perfect tsuya hada!” She explained that tsuya hada refers to dewy, glowing skin, as lustrous as a pearl.

    I loved hearing about these unexpected uses for the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum. How do you use yours? Tell us in the comments below.

    —Vicky Tsai


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  • 09/24/14--09:39: Hot Apple Cider
  • Hot apple cider is a holiday entertaining tradition at my house. 
    I love making it in a slow cooker, so the house gets filled with the wonderful scent of apples and spice as it simmers. I hope you will enjoy it too!

    Sweet-Spiced Hot Apple Cider

    Ingredients:
    1 bottle (64 fl. oz) of apple cider
    3 cinnamon sticks (have extras for garnish)
    1 teaspoon all spice
    1/3 cup brown sugar 
    2 tablespoons whole cloves
    1 orange
    * Add rum for a more festive drink!


    Prep:
    1. Pour apple cider, cinnamon sticks, all spice and brown sugar into a slow cooker and stir.
    2. Pierce holes all around the orange with a sharp knife tip. Push cloves into the holes and place orange into the cider.
    3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours
    4. Pour into cups and serve with a cinnamon stick.

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    Fall is officially here.  That means the leaves are changing, the air has a little chill and it is time for our comfort food classic recipes.  When Lauren & Chelsea were younger I used this recipe to sneak veggies in to our meal.  Most of the time it worked but Lauren always picked the mushrooms out.  Mushrooms are optional.  PS: she still picks the mushrooms out.  LOL  Serve this with thick crusty bread.

     

    Easy Cheesy Turkey Noodle Casserole

    Ingredients:

    1 lb ground turkey

    12 ounces dried egg noodles, cooked according to package directions

    2 cups of cheese

    1 cup chopped mushrooms

    2 cups frozen peas and carrots

    1 cup cream of mushroom soup

    1 cup cream of chicken soup

    ¼ cup bread crumbs

    1/2 chicken stock

    1 cup frozen corn

    1/2 cup white onion, diced

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    1/2 tablespoon black pepper

    ½ tablespoon salt

    extra virgin olive oil

    Directions: 

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook noodles according to package directions.  Sauté turkey in olive oil with onions, & garlic, season with salt & pepper.  Remove from the pan.  In the same pan cook mushrooms, carrots, corn & peas until softened.  Mix noodles, meat, sautéed veggies, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup & chicken stock.  Pour into casserole dish.  Top with cheese and breadcrumbs.  Bake for 25 minutes until hot & bubbly

     

    You can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/JayneBrownQVC

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    Last week was a very needed vacation. It was so nice to be able to spend a few days with my family. Just "hanging out" with my sisters and nieces and nephew is the best therapy in the world. Not necessarily doing anything "special"...just time with special people.

    Lisa's Sister

    Lola

    My dad and his wife Murleen came in the last evening and we all celebrated my dad's birthday a little early. I hope l take after him, because he looks amazing! Thank you for all your birthday wishes. I know he really enjoyed them.

    Lisa's Dad

     

    Charleston Sunset

    Then it was off to Courtney's wedding! I was so honored to be part of her very special day. There were a lot of people there who love her and Aaron and it was a wonderful, wonderful weekend. We had the best time at the rehearsal dinner, where they invited out-of-town guests and everyone in the ceremony. It was great southern food, lots of laughs, karaoke, and dancing.

    Rehearsal

    Karaoke

    The next day was perfect weather for the wedding.

    Wedding Church

    Claire & Lisa

    Lisa & Mary Beth

    It was a simple and beautiful ceremony and Courtney was one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen in her Mark Zunino wedding gown.

    Courtney & Lisa

    Courtney's Dancing Dress

    It is easy to see that she and Aaron love each other very much. It is also easy to see how careful and respectful they are with each other while still laughing a lot. There were a lot of laughs at the reception!

    Reception Photo

    Courtney Throws the Bouquet

    Gabrielle & Her Husband

    Lisa & Courtney's Mom

    Lisa & Courtney Selfie

    And there was also some of the best food I have ever had!

    Donuts!

    I would have kept going back for more if I wouldn't have embarrassed myself. I was joking to my friends that I have not had macaroni and cheese in years, and I obviously held out until the right time because that mac and cheese was worth it!

    Wedding Food

    The evening ended with a great band and lots of dancing. Yes, Courtney even got me out on the floor!

    Aaron & Courtney

    Then the couple was sent on their way to their new life with everyone in the wedding party holding sparklers on either side. It was a beautiful evening. I know that she and Aaron are going to have a wonderful time on their honeymoon. I wish them the best of everything. I don't think they'll need luck...they have so much of "the good stuff" already. :)

    Courtney & Aaron


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  • 09/24/14--15:58: Finally Husband & Wife!
  • Hi everyone! It's so good to catch up with you from the whirlwind that was our wedding weekend up to right now where I am packing for our honeymoon. I'll write a more detailed blog later, but I just wanted to say thank you all for joining us on our big day and your kind words.  Everything about the weekend was just perfect.

     

    From the cocktail party on Thursday, the bridesmaid luncheon and rehearsal dinner on Friday, to the actual day was just so spectacular.  When I walked down the aisle I couldn't wait to get to Aaron. I was so anxious to start my life with him... And so far it's been amazing. We spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away with great friends and family.

     Our invitation

    Bride-to-Be flip flops

    Sarah Potempa giving me a quick hair cut!

    Sarah's styling station

    My amazing makeup done by Tarte

    My amazing bridesmaids helping me into my dress

    Welcome to our wedding :)

    Walking down the aisle

    The veil was so long!

    Aaron & I officially married

    Maid of Honor Ashley & Bridesmaid Laylee with their bridesmaids presents from GILI

    Mary Beth Roe and her husband, Mark

    Susan Graver& her beautiful daughter, Jaclyn

    Seating chart

    First Dance

    Husband & Wife

     

    I can't wait to tell you more but packing calls! If you would like to see the highlights, CLICK HERE and then click on RSVP to provide your email address for us to email you a link to the video (don't post your email below, go HERE to provide your email address). I cried my way though it :)

     

    See you soon!

     

    XO, CC

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  • 09/25/14--06:01: Moderation Update -- TBD
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  • 09/25/14--07:08: Celebrating Joan
  •  

    While my heart is broken, I know Joan would want her vision to live on. She worked tirelessly for the last 24 years to bring her personal style and sensibility to the QVC family and would want her collection to continue.

    Please join me and my good friend Jill Bauer on October 13th at 10:00 AM ET for a special two-hour Joan Rivers Classics Collection show to celebrate Joan and continue her legacy of great style and lots of laughter. 

    Joan wouldn't want it any other way….

    David Dangle

     


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    hi lovelies .... last week i invited u to share ur pics and stories abt what ur "hear my soul speak" jewelry means to u! i believe ur soul is the most unique part of you, and it has a story to tell. It should never be silenced, and you should never give up! 

    i hv always said we are in this life together n we should lift each other up whenever we can. so below r the stories that were shared with me on my FB page and now i'm sharing them with all of u. 

    Be kind to one another ....... always!

    X

     

    Alix shared her soul:

    "Wear my ring daily when I leave the house....it reminds me that all is well ..."

     


    Sakinah shared her soul: 

    "Got my ring and I love it. I make sure when I look at it I can see the words "Hear my soul speak"  thanks Shawn I love this ring!"

     

     

    Val shared her soul:

    "Love this ring n the inspiration behind it. We all have tragedy as well as times of joy. The ups n downs. Having struggled makes us stronger n it is important to have faith. This ring is my talisman n reminder not to ever give up"

     

     

     

    Lisa Marie shared her soul:

    "Shawn, I want to thank you. I've gone through many difficult situations. I went through a divorce that left me homeless, alone and scared. The separation from my children was indescribably painful. During that time in my life I also lost someone so special to me. My brother Craig, but through it all somehow I knew I would survive and I did. I suffered in silence for years. When I first started watching you and reading your posts I realized it was ok to let it out. Shawn I have never felt so free. You are truly an Inspiration not to mention courageous, genuine and strong. I wear my ring and pendant every day to remind myself that I do matter. Thank you for reminding me of that. Right now I'm some scary medical stuff, but it's ok I have faith now. Much love and appreciation, Lisa Marie"

     

    Lorisa shared her soul:

    "I've been thru a lot a weird things of health issues over my 47 years. Currently battling An Indivisible Disability, Interstitial Cystitis .. Incurable bladder disease. I've had for 9 years.. So as I fight thru the pain every day, I wear my ring every day to remind myself I can get thru the day !"

     

    Kimberly shared her soul:

    "I'm not kidding...as soon as you started talking about your own piece that your mother bought you & what it meant to you, etc. It immediately hit home & had such a strong meaning to me as well...I'm asking for the ring for Christmas but for now this is what I have...FOREVER!"

     

     

    Gemma shared her soul:

    "Shawn you are an amazing soul! I purchased mine in December for me and for my daughter in law after she lost her baby at 28 weeks  it is our guardian angel ring. I wear mine every day to keep him close to my heart!! I am ordering charm and cuff soon too xxxoxoxox"

     

    Alena shared her soul:

    "Means so much ...Thank you"

     


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